Just a wee update (as in small) for July 2017…with some cycling and horses. Enjoy.
I’m now officially also a writer and director. AND this is the first project from my newly minted production wing, Argyle Crown. Enjoy.
Birdwatcher is a short film I’ve had in the works for a while. The title is slang used by British Intelligence for a spy. The plot: dinner for two, deception for one.
The story was inspired by a painting by Alexander Pope, The Fox – Fair Game, which features in the film and poster. Other inspirations include the low-light photography in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (below left) and 17th century Vanitas paintings (below right: Vanitas – Composition with flowers and skull by Adriaen van Utrecht).
I have some loooovely new shots from Gordon Peden. Check out his supah work – if you’re after some great portraits I suggest you catch him before his star rises – you snooze you looze.
“You might be a f****n tough guy, but I’m a crazy guy. The difference is crazy guys don’t give up.”
– Billy McBride in Goliath (2016)
OK, OK, here’s the realz:
There’s a competition called Jameson First Shot. It’s been running for a few years and targets emerging filmmakers, particularly writer/directors. Entrants must write and submit a script about the great and/or unexpected things that can happen when you fear less and let life in. Each year a well known actor is involved and scripts must feature them in a key role – this year it’s Dominic West. Three winners get to direct their films with the help of Dana Brunetti, his team and Mr West – wouldn’t that be sweet?
Judging by the track record of previous winners I don’t expect to be selected. However, I do think I have a supah script and even if nothing happens, it’s been time well spent:
I had a writing brief and a deadline to work towards. Now I have a script ready to develop and a point of conversation if I ever find myself in an elevator with Dana or Dominic.
You don’t have to sit around waiting for someone to give you a role. My buddy Rob Oldfield is a great example of this – he’s made a number of short films to showcase his talents and ideas. I’ve been involved in a few of them and this week he had a role for me in his latest short film, “Josh”, which sits in the suspense/horror genre (he’s a big fan).
I play a ghoulish character, but can’t share much more just yet (Rob wants to avoid spoilers). The ‘set-selfie’ above is of Rob and Jean Wong (DOP) – lots of fun working with these guys.
We wrapped after the last tube, so I had to catch two buses home. No, I didn’t catch a cab – I’m a ‘brassic’ actor. Home by 02:00 then up again at 06:00 to get to a marquee job in Wimbledon…thinking I should follow Rob’s example more.